Ilimane Diop

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Ilimane Diop
No. 12 – Baskonia
Position Center
League Liga ACB
Personal information
Born (1995-04-04) April 4, 1995 (age 22)
Dakar, Senegal
Nationality Senegalese / Spanish
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011–present Baskonia
2011–2012 → UPV/EHU Campus de Álava
2012–2013 Araberri

Ilimane Diop Gaye (born April 4, 1995) is a Senegalese-Spanish professional basketball player for Baskonia. Although he was born in Dakar, Diop officially represents Spain when being on international duty since he was a baby when his family settled in Spain.[1] Previously, he has led their junior teams to multiple bronze medals.[2]

Professional career[edit]

A product of Spanish powerhouse Baskonia, was sent out on loan to minor league team to gain playing time and experience. Diop made his debut for Baskonia in the Spanish top-flight ACB in the course of the 2013-14 campaign.

An early entry candidate for the 2016 NBA draft, he later withdrew his name.[3]

International career[edit]

After achieving a bronze medal with the under-16 team and the under-18 team, on 11 July 2016, Diop made his debut with the national team in a friendly game played in Burgos against Angola. He scored four points and grabbed three rebounds to collaborate in the win by 85–61.[4]

Player profile[edit]

Standing 6'11" with a wingspan of 7'11" feet, Diop is regarded as one of the most potent players in the Liga ACB and possibly a future NBA draft selection. Length has been an inevitable problem for his opponents, who have struggled against the pick-and-roll and rebounds.[5] He is also noted for his raw talent that could grow into a "great basketball body." Balance, footwork, and strength have remained intangibles for the center.[6]

Personal life[edit]

His brother Mamadou is also a basketball player who previously played in the same Spanish basketball squad as he did.


  1. ^ "Ilimane Diop Player Profile". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ilimane Diop Player Profile". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Release, Official. "Thirty-three international early-entry candidates withdraw from Draft". Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Ilimane Diop debuta con la selección española senior" (in Spanish). 12 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Hein, David. "Spain youngster Diop taking step in Euroleague". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Mills, Danny. "Eurohopes Basketball Prospect Ilimane Diop". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 

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